Learn more about chiropractic’s effective treatment of headaches, and find out if chiropractic care might be right for you
When most individuals think of chiropractic treatment, they think of back pain relief. What may not stand out to those suffering from constant headaches is that chiropractic can effectively treat their pain. To understand how chiropractic can relieve one’s head pain, one must first understand why headaches occur.
Why Headaches occur and how to Treat Them
More often than not, headaches or due to an irregularity in the spine. More importantly, migraines occur when the vertebrae in the spine are not aligned. This is also known as a subluxation, which in turn, can cause a compression or irritation of nerves that travel from the spine to the brain. The result is from a subluxation is a chemical imbalance within the brain, ultimately leading to an individual suffering from a migraine.
How do chiropractors treat such pain with chiropractic care? They begin by careful, minor adjustments to the spine. Ultimately, their goal is to realize the spine to it’s normal position. By accomplishing this goal, chiropractic relieves pressure on the inflamed nerves cause by subluxation. This in turn allows the nerves to heal.
Migraines are not the only form of headaches caused by a misalignment of the spine. Cervicogenic headaches may also be caused by a disorder in the neck. A disorder in the neck may be caused by an injury to the neck. In addition, muscle tension and spasms in the neck are known to cause tension headaches. With chiropractic care, chiropractors are able to gently and effectively realign the neck area of the spine.
Conclusively, chiropractic care can effectively address the root cause of pain associated with headaches. Rather than addressing the symptoms, chiropractic works to correct what may be causing migraines, or other forms of headaches, in the first place. It should be noted that chiropractic may not treat every headache. However, a study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain demonstrated chiropractic’s safe and effective treatment. It was noted that of the 218 participants suffering from migraines, 36% saw a reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration.
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